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Western Snowberry vs Northern Red Currant

Symphoricarpus occidentalis

Ribes triste

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(new stock expected: fall of 2019)

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(new stock expected: fall of 2019)

Western Snowberry
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Like the Common Snowberry, the Western Snowberry is a small shrub with pink flowers useful for feeding livestock and preventing erosion. Unlike the common species, however, the Western Snowberry is much more suited to wet conditions, capable of persevering through poor soil drainage and occasional flooding.

After the Snowberry's flowers have bloomed, it produces berries which often last on the plant through winter. These berries are toxic to humans, but livestock and local wildlife love them! Those hoping to attract wildlife to their property can plant Snowberry and expect to see animals foraging on it much later in the year than other plants.

The Northern Red Currant is also known as the Swamp Red currant due to its preference for moist soil. As long as the soil is wet, this shrub can live in any degree of sunlight.

The currant itself is a bright red-purple berry enjoyed by many animals and some people for its sour flavour, similar to garden red currants. The flowers of this shrub are tiny and red or greenish-purple.

WESTERN SNOWBERRY QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN RED CURRANT QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 1a
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 0.8 m (2.5 ft)
Moisture: any
Moisture: normal
Light: partial shade, full sun
Light: any
Berries: small, dense clusters which often last through winter. poisonous to humans
Berries: small shiny, sour, bright red berries
Flowers: pinkish white in small clusters, blooms june-august
Flowers: drooping clusters of redish or greenish purple in may-june
Bark: pale green to light red-brown, greys and shreds with age
Bark: new green twigs become smooth and reddish brown, bark begins to peel over time
Growth rate: medium
Growth rate: medium
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: high



Toxicity: berries are toxic to humans


Other Names: buckbrush, wolfberry
Other Names: swamp red currant


Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes